Since her debut track ‘Still,’ things have fallen into place for The Japanese House like neat fuss-prompting tetris. The last ever Radio 1 Hottest Record from Zane Lowe, Amber Bain’s absorbed a little bit of Lowe’s otherworldly reputation. Ever since, she’s been dubbed a mysterious, shady, unknown producer; despite having her full name and face-bearing press shots well out in the open.
When it comes to ‘Clean’ - the title-track from Bain’s second EP - there’s no mystery or doubt about it anymore. The Japanese House goes far beyond mere flurry and hype. “I knew it wouldn’t last, but in the clean light you cast, I was good,” Bain sings through shards of vocoder, faint tinges of unfiltered voice occasionally punching through like she’s sloshing though a shimmery, silver-flicked aquarium. Despite being a song about things ending, breaking up, and dissolving, ‘Clean’ focuses in on the tranquil moments of calm before the storm. There are subtle precision moments of impact, too. A klaxon getting submerged by the blue wash here, a bubbling chime whizzing past there. ‘Clean’ might not heave with bravado or glitz, mystery or murk, but rest assured, The Japanese House knows exactly what she’s doing.
WE’VE GOT A FAVOUR TO ASK
We’re often asked about you, our readers. So we’d really appreciate it if you’d offer up a bit of information about you, and your music-loving habits by filling in our 2019 readers’ survey.
(Don’t worry, none of what we’re asking for is personally identifiable - and no questions are compulsory.)
More like this
The biggest and best tracks of the week, rounded up and reviewed.
It’s the second track lifted from Amber Bain’s forthcoming EP, due next year.
It’s Amber Bain’s first release since March’s debut album ‘Good At Falling’.
The event takes place in Hamburg this September.